BLOOMINGTON, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Arc Suppression Technologies, Inc., a Minneapolis-based technology startup, announced today that it has introduced a complete line of patented NOsparc® arc suppressors that could dramatically increase the life of electromechanical relays used in thousands of applications, including industrial motors, data centers, and commercial heating and cooling equipment. Arc Suppression’s novel, patented technology eliminates 99% of the electrical arcing that occurs whenever an electromechanical relay (EMR) opens or closes, which in many applications happens thousands of times each day. Over time, each electrical arc degrades the contact surface of the relay, ultimately causing it to fail. By eliminating this arcing, NOsparc suppressors can extend the lifetime of an EMR by up to 100 times and greatly reduce maintenance and downtime costs for industrial and commercial facilities.
In applications where heat-generating Solid State Relays (SSRs) are used, NOsparc suppressors can be paired with an appropriate relay to replace the SSR, thereby reducing the weight and thermal load of the system. Common users of SSRs are large data centers, which house thousands of servers and electrical switches that generate enormous amounts of heat. To mitigate this heat and protect the reliability of their servers, data centers in turn require expensive cooling systems. NOsparc systems can reduce generated heat, dramatically increase the life of relays, and raise the power usage effectiveness (PUE) of the entire data center.
“Relays are the pacemakers of our modern industrial world,” says Reinhold Henke, founder and CTO of Arc Suppression Technologies. “Wherever there is electricity, there are relays – many billions of them switching on and off each and every second around the world. For decades, entire industries have been forced to accept the self-destructive nature of EMRs as a cost of doing business, but our company has now provided them with a simple and highly cost effective solution. We believe that NOsparc systems will one day be as ubiquitous as relays themselves, and will greatly improve the reliability of our modern-day economy of just-in-time ordering, supplying, manufacturing and delivery.”
When a high-voltage electromechanical relay or switch is opened or closed, an electrical arc is generated between the metal-based contacts. This arcing generates heat, degrades the contact surfaces, causes electromagnetic interference, and emits ozone and nitrous oxide pollutants. NOsparc suppressors virtually eliminate these problems and greatly extend the life of the relay.
Arc Suppression Technologies makes UL registered arc suppressors for 120 VAC, 240 VAC and 480 VAC that adapt easily to any relay and require no neutral connection or external power. In addition, the company makes the MHXDC family of arc suppressors for direct current (DC) systems of 12V, 24V, 36V and 48V.
About Arc Suppression Technologies, Inc.
Arc Suppression Technologies is a Minnesota-based company dedicated to fundamentally improving the efficiency, lifetime cost and sustainability of electrical power switching through the development of NOsparc® arc suppression devices for both AC and DC applications. To learn more about NOsparc products, please visit www.arcsuppressiontechnologies.com